Pete LaFleur '90 | Nov. 5, 2013 | Notre Dame Athletics
Each year, it's a different Bible verse, or a thematic, inspirational word. Or some years, it's both.
For Notre Dame senior volleyball player Andrea McHugh, her strong and lifelong faith goes hand-in-hand with her never-ending athletic pursuit for "competitive greatness," one of the core tenets in John Wooden's Pyramid of Success. McHugh's father Jeff is an ardent disciple of the legendary former UCLA basketball coach, with those sports philosophies rubbing off on Andrea from an early age.
A few months after the conclusion of that 2012 season, the Notre Dame volleyball team was facing a conundrum. The team's starter at the unique libero position - essentially a more advanced defensive specialist, a position that made its debut in the collegiate game a decade ago - had decided to transfer. The team's ultimate solution was to have McHugh, a lifelong outside hitter, make the transition to libero.